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The Extinction Protocol

August 14, 2012 RUSSIAA Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. It is only the second time since 2009 that a Russian attack submarine has patrolled so close to U.S. shores. The stealth underwater incursion in the Gulf took place at the same time Russian strategic bombers made incursions into restricted U.S. airspace near Alaska and California in June and July, and highlights a growing military assertiveness by Moscow. The submarine patrol also exposed what U.S. officials said were deficiencies in U.S. anti-submarine warfare capabilities—forces that are facing cuts under the Obama administration’s plan to reduce defense spending by $487 billion over the next 10 years. The Navy is in charge of detecting submarines…

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The Extinction Protocol

August 11, 2012INDIAINS Arihant, planned to be the first of five submarines of its class, will be ready to begin sea trials, said Admiral Nirmal Verma, the navy commander. When the vessel eventually becomes operational, India will be able to launch nuclear missiles from the sea, land and air, joining a handful of countries possessing the “nuclear triad.” The strategic aim is to deter China and Pakistan and establish India as the leading power in the Indian Ocean. “INS Arihant is steadily progressing towards becoming operational,” said Adml Verma. “We are pretty close to putting it to sea.” The navy was poised to “complete the triad, and our maritime and nuclear doctrines will then be aligned to ensure our nuclear insurance comes from the sea,” added Adml Verma. “Given our unequivocal ‘no first-use commitment,’ a retaliatory strike capability that is credible and invulnerable is an imperative.”…

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